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Date posted: 4 March 2014
The latest funding round for the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was announced this week, with $2.5 million going to initiatives that benefit Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT).
The ABA is an account established under law to receive and distribute royalty equivalent monies generated from mining on Indigenous land in the Northern Territory.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, today said these projects would create better opportunities for Indigenous people in remote Northern Territory communities. 'Making sure that expenditure on Indigenous-specific programmes generates jobs for local Indigenous people and businesses is a priority for the Australian Government,' Minister Scullion said. 'ABA funding supports projects that provide real training, create jobs and generate wealth at the local level, and promotes healthy communities.'
Some of the approved ABA projects include:
'Despite their differences, all of the projects receiving ABA support will contribute to economic development and improved standards of living in the Northern Territory,' said Minister Scullion. 'These projects will help address the disadvantage remote communities face, as well as create better opportunities for the future.'